While many of us love the idea of wearing high heels, the thought of actually throwing on a pair can seem a bit intimidating. Whether you own heels that you rarely wear or are looking to buy your very first pair, it’s important to learn the basics and get in some practice walking before graduating to higher and higher heights.
So, if you
have a special occasion approaching that requires dressing up and could use
some tips on balancing your new shoes, read on—we promise that with a little
poise, a good dose of confidence and a bit of practice, you’ll be walking in high
heels like a total rockstar in no time!
Tip #1: Find the right pair
heels is all about finding the right pair that fits you properly—and getting
your feet accustomed to the height. Note also that if the shoes pinch or feel
uncomfortable in the store, they’re definitely gonna hurt after wearing them
for an hour. We recommend starting off with a shorter and more substantial heel
(stay away from the stilettos!). Once you have aced the walk, you can move up
the inch ladder.
Tip #2: It’s all about the posture
Here’s the key: Stand tall, pull those
shoulders back and engage your abdominal muscles. Keep your chin up and be
sure to relax your knees while walking heel to toe (just like you do when
wearing flats). Remember, you aren’t a robot, so keep your arms and hands
moving freely at your sides.
Tip #3: Walk slowly
When you walk
in high heels, keeping your balance is majorly important. Take your time making
small steps. When practicing at home, try placing a book on top of your head and
walking from one end of the room to the other. If you
are walking up or down stairs be sure to use the railing—always take in your
surroundings and be cautious of cracked or uneven floors.
Tip #4: Shoe inserts are your best friend
If you need
to add some extra cushion to your step, shoe inserts are the way to go. Sometimes
adding a little cushion to the padding of your foot or heel can really make a
difference on how graceful you look while walking. Uncomfortable heels can make
walking in heels miserable! So, if your inserts aren’t doing the job, you may
need to reconsider the heels you are wearing.
Tip # 5: Confidence is key
is all about having confidence. Keep your head high as you enter the room and always
keep that pretty head up—this will make you look more elegant. We suggest keeping a pair of roll-up flats in
your bag to switch into (just in case your feet begin to bother you after a few
hours). It’s much better to walk with confidence in a pair of flats than to
struggle awkwardly in heels that hurt.
Tip # 6: Practice makes perfect
Make sure you
break in your new heels and practice, practice, practice! If your heels feel snug, we recommend wearing
a pair of socks with them as you practice to stretch them out. Any free time you might have around your
house, throw those heels on. Plus, practicing on various surfaces will be a huge help. Good luck!
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